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Here is quick rundown of what I thought of each story:
"Rewind": This was a great story to start with. I quickly became immersed in this story where a young owner of a web agency becomes hugely successful despite the corrupt businesses that try to shut him down. It shows just how powerful social media has become. The main character is likable, and I was happy when his greatest fantasy becomes reality. But then the ending leaves you saying, what in the hell just happened?
"The Kingdom of Turlis": This story had a really strong and intriguing beginning. But then it turned into more of a fantasy story (rather than sci-fi), and that's not a preferred genre of mine. However, it still had an interesting plot that kept me turning the pages.
"Life in Prison": I loved the concept of this story, even though it was quite disturbing. A man is falsely accused of a crime and is placed in a futuristic prison, which is located inside a cave and manned by robots. He has no idea why he is there, and when he meets the Director, his situation becomes even more precarious... This story was one of my favorites.
"Forms of Love": I'm a sucker for romance so I loved this one. A police officer has chased a mutant criminal all over the galaxy, and he finally manages to capture her. She is able to change forms, so she chooses to become the exact image of his ex-girlfriend...
"Latrodectus Mactans": This is probably the shortest story out of them all. A virtual reality game goes wrong due to hackers, and it becomes all too real...
"Arcot and the Queen": Captain Arcot goes to a planet to trade with the vampires that live there. These vampires are very powerful, and soon, he is under the Queen's complete control. The plot was interesting, but this was one of the few stories where I didn't feel much of a connection with the characters. Considering what the story was about, it really wasn't surprising that I couldn't relate to any of them.
"The Perfect Family": Aurelia has the perfect man. It sounds impossible, right? Well, the only reason he's so perfect is because he's a robot. But when she decides to have a child with him, she finds out that it is possible to be too perfect, and that's not always a good thing. I liked the concept of this story, but Aurelia seemed very petty and shallow so I didn't care for her much. It was intriguing to see where this all was going though!
"Maciste": I'm a dog lover (and that's an understatement) so I enjoyed this tale of reincarnation. Maria was a horrible person, and that's all I'm going to say!
"Clouded Emotions": An IT genius is tricked into creating a code that causes people to commit suicide. The company behind this, DataCom, is run by artificial intelligence, and they believe they are saving earth by killing off the human race. The story is fast paced, and the characters keep switching sides. I wasn't surprised when I finished it that the story isn't over yet. It is still being developed, and readers can even vote on and make suggestions on how the plot should unfold. This story definitely has the potential to be a full length novel, so I thought this was an interesting idea.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I would definitely recommend this imaginative collection of stories!
Nine short stories but not short on imagination.
I love getting out of the usual routine of reading books that follow prescribed patterns so when I pick up a book full of short tales I have an expectation of twists, uniqueness, things that challenge me, and stories that are willing to break the rules for writing. BUT, I still want quality writing and easy to read styles.
When I saw there were nine stories I expected to like about six or seven but I liked eight and the ninth (The Kingdom of Turlis) — I just wasn't in the mood, but for me it means I just have another one to read down the track.
Just enjoy this ride. Rossi takes you to different worlds, different characters with different plots. The stories have beginnings and ends but not always the standard way.
I was a little lost at times in Clouded Emotions but read later that it is an interactive story still being developed. I still enjoyed it though and there are lots of good ideas.
I really enjoyed Latrodectus Mactans and The Perfect Family. My favourite was Maciste — '…she immediately sensed that he'd be boring' (you have to read it to get it).
The bundle of stories lost a half star for only really writing (in context) about one type of fetish that was obvious - there's plenty out there!
Okay, so whoa. That cover. Whoa! LOVE. My hubs loved it, too, when I showed it to him.
And because I do actually look beyond the cover for the words underneath, this book is broken up into a series of stories that all take place in modern times. I loved how the author used lots of terms like Twitter and Google News. That makes me feel like I could be there, you know? Like it really could be happening right now. I mean, I'm typing using Amazon.
The stories themselves are interlinked, and each one is short and sweet and tense, building up to a greater overarching arc. I felt like I was watching it all unfold and wondering when the other shoe would drop.
No surprise, but the orgy chapters stood out. Whoa, hot stuff there! The tension between Jasmine and President Ferrari . . . mmm, mmm, mmm! *fans self*
And then the twist to all of it! Wow, I did not see THAT coming.
And that's just the first story. Go check out the whole thing for yourself!
Suggested to Sci-fi enthusiasts who would like to be surprised.
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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